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Springfield’s Giorgio Earns Invite To New Orleans Saints’ Rookie Minicamp

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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (94) has been invited to the New Orleans Saints’ minicamp. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Tuesday was an exciting day for the soon-to-be Springfield College alum as Nick Giorgio received an invitation to the New Orleans Saints’ Rookie Minicamp, which will be held this weekend (May 10th-12th).

Giorgio is the most recent member of the Springfield football program to earn a tryout with a National Football League (NFL) team since Fran Papasedero competed for a spot with the New York Jets in 1994.

The Cumberland, Rhode Island native gained attention from 12 NFL franchises back in March during his workout at the Harvard University Pro Day, as well as through his agent Paul Sheehy of ProStar Sports Agency.

Giorgio, who was tabbed our Noontime Sports New England Division III Player of the Year, enjoyed his best season with the Pride, recording season-bests in tackles (50), total tackles (82.0), tackles per game (7.5), sacks (14), and tackles for a loss (29). In his team’s final game – a New England Bowl victory over Maritime (N.Y.) – he tallied a season-best 12.0 total tackles, along with one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 10 yards and four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards, while also recording one pass break-up.

In addition to being recognized through our site, Giorgio earned additional postseason accolades, including the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston‘s Division II/III New England Defensive Player of the Year and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year. Giorgio was also a semifinalist for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, too.

Giorgio becomes the second Massachusetts college football player to gain attention from the Saints as Assumption College‘s Deonte Harris recently inked a three-year deal with the team as an undrafted rookie.

Noonan: Wicked Early Thoughts On The 2019 Patriots Schedule

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Tom Brady will attempt to guide the New England Patriots to its seventh Super Bowl this upcoming season. (PHOTO COURTESY: USA TODAY Sports Images)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The National Football League (NFL) unveiled its 2019 schedule last night – there are some intriguing match-ups to watch this fall, so get excited.

But like many of us, we were more interested in seeing who the New England Patriots would play in 2019, especially in week one when they celebrate their sixth Super Bowl championship.

And the answer for who the Patriots would play in week one was a familiar foe, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Yep, the Steel Curtain will invade Gillette Stadium on the first Sunday evening of the 2019 season, and you know it will be a great game with hopefully the Patriots prevailing.

With a new season just months away, but a schedule now available to analyze (and think about), why not share some thoughts on how the hometown team will do in each contest, beginning with its week one match-up with the Steelers.


Noonan’s 2019 Game-By-Game Predictions 

Week One: Pittsburg Steelers at Patriots (Sept. 8th, 2019 | 8:30 p.m.): There will be a lot of storylines heading into this one, but the most important one will be how will the Patriots do with Rob Gronkowski? I think they will do just fine. There will be some growing pains, of course, but in the end, the Patriots should find a way to sneak past the Steelers without two of their key pieces from the past few seasons. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Steelers 21 

Week Two: Patriots at Miami Dolphins (Sept. 15th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Coach Bill Belichick takes on former defensive coordinator Brian Flores. This will be yet another one of those master versus apprentice battles, but in the end, I think the Dolphins win this one, but the Pats will even the score later in the season. PREDICTION: Dolphins 24, Patriots 17 

Week Three: New York Jets at Patriots (Sept. 22, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Adam Gase seems to think the Jets are better suited than his former team to beat the Patriots. He even inspired them to bring back a bad (and remixed) version of their Neil O’Donnell uniforms, too. The Patriots will be eager to bounce back from their week two loss to the Dolphins and earn their first divisional win. PREDICTION: Patriots 37, Jets 15

Week Four: Patriots at Buffalo Bills (Sept. 29th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): After cruising past the Jets, the Patriots should have no problem ending the month of September with a second-straight AFC East victory. PREDICTION: Patriots 24, Bills 10 

Week Five: Patriots at Washington Redskins (Oct. 6th, 2019 |1p.m.): The last time the Patriots and Redskins squared-off in our nation’s capital, I believe there was some sort of shouting match between Tom Brady and Bill O’Brien. I don’t see Brady yelling at O’Brien this year – he coaches the Houston Texans, by the way – but I do see our hometown hero yelling at his teammates during the pregame to fire them up for another win. PREDICTION: Patriots 31, Redskins 21

Week Six: New York Giants at Patriots (Oct. 10th, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): It seems like ages ago when these two teams met in the Super Bowl, but this game won’t be like the ‘big game.’ Nope, the Giants are rebuilding – should be competitive, though – but in the end, this has the makings for Sony Michel two or three-touchdown game. PREDICTION: Patriots 35, Giants 17 

Week Seven: Patriots at New York Jets (Oct. 21, 2019 | 8:15 p.m.): As usual, the Jets usually play well at home, but can they rebound from a week three setback to the Patriots? Probably not, right? PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Jets 17 

Week Eight: Cleveland Browns at Patriots (Oct. 27th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): Welcome to Foxboro, Baker Mayfield. The Browns should be in the mix for an AFC Championship this season – yes, I know what I just wrote (and said in my head!) – but somehow I see the Patriots pulling this out with a late touchdown. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Browns 24

Week Nine: Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 3rd, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): Coach Belichick versus quarterback Lamar Jackson should be an enticing game of chess. The Ravens always play the Patriots tough, and I think this is a tough spot for New England to secure a win before the bye week. PREDICTION: Ravens 21, Patriots 17 

Week Ten: Bye Week (Nov. 10th, 2019) 

Week 11: Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 17th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): Coming off their bye week (and a disappointing setback to the Ravens), the Patriots will return to their early season form and cause havoc to quarterback Carson WentzPREDICTION: Patriots 27, Eagles 20

Week 12: Dallas Cowboys at Patriots (Nov. 24th, 2019 | 4:24 p.m.): Quarterback Dak Prescott does quite well in chilly temperatures – cold weather doesn’t seem to bother the young signal-caller. This should be a competitive game like the 2011 meeting, but in the end, I somehow see Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott winning the game on a one-yard score. PREDICTION: Cowboys 21, Patriots 18 

Week 13: Patriots at Houston Texans (Dec. 1st, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): After a tough loss to the Cowboys – I know, I showed some bias to my second favorite football team – the Patriots will find a way back into the win column, but it won’t be an easy win. PREDICTION: Patriots 29, Texans 23 

Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs at Patriots (Dec. 8th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): This has the making for a very exciting contest – perhaps the winner could take over the top spot in the AFC for the upcoming playoffs. The Chiefs almost beat the Patriots last season but should be a tougher opponent this year, thanks to new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. PREDICTION: Chiefs 31, Patriots 27 

Week 15: Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 15th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Welcome to the beginning of a three-game winning streak. Sure, the Bengals will have a new coach this year, but they won’t be able to stop the Patriots at this point of the season. PREDICTION: Patriots 31, Bengals 20 

Week 16: Buffalo Bills at Patriots (Dec. 21st or 22nd | TBD): The pre-Christmas game at Foxboro usually results in a win for the hometown team. Who knows what shape the Bills will be in at this point of the season, but the Patriots will once again dominate their divisional foe. PREDICTION: Patriots 28, Bills 14

Week 17: Miami Dolphins at Patriots (Dec. 29th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): One week after handing Buffalo an early holiday present, the Patriots will once again dish out an early Happy New Year gift by beating the Dolphins before the postseason. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Dolphins 10


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Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 20 Hayden Bird (Boston.com)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports the Podcast returned after a few week hiatus with guest Hayden Bird of Boston.com.

Bird joined host Matt Noonan to discuss his experience covering the Super Bowl during ‘Media Week,’ while also attempting to answer the question: Is Tom Brady the best quarterback in the National Football League (N.F.L.)?

If you’re a New England Patriots fan or just a die-hard football fan, then this is a must-listen to podcast!

Follow Bird on Twitter at @HaydenHBird and make sure to read his various posts and stories on Boston.com, too.

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Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Six (John Rollins | Interim Commissioner / CFO ECAC)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the sixth episode of Noontime Sports the PodcastMatt Noonan chats with John Rollins, who is the Interim Commissioner/CFO of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Rollins shared his goals and objectives for the ECAC moving forward, while also discussing past work in the National Football League (N.F.L.). With the NFL, Rollins held the title of Business Manager for both the League Office and League Management Council, as noted in his bio on the conference’s website.

In addition to a little professional football talk, Rollins also shred his excitement for the conference’s upcoming #ECACD3FBFest, which will take place this November 18-20 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mass. College Football: Harvard’s Brate Signs Free Agent Contract With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of the Harvard University Athletics Communication Office, here’s today’s release about Cameron Brate, who has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League:

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Former Harvard football standout Cameron Brate has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, the franchise announced Wednesday afternoon.

A tight end from Naperville, Ill, Brate leaves his name in Cambridge after concluding his four-year stint with the Crimson as fourth in program history with 18 touchdowns. He graduates 12th in Harvard’s record book with 91 career catches and ninth with 1,381 receiving yards. Brate, who appeared in 28 games throughout his career, also helped the Crimson capture two Ivy League titles.

As a senior, Brate was unanimously selected to the All-Ivy League first team for the second straight season after making 25 catches for 403 yards and five TDs. A semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the best scholar-athlete in the nation, Brate caught three passes for 91 yards in Harvard’s 34-7 win over Yale in The Game to earn a spot on the College Football Performance Awards Honor Roll for the third time. He also earned recognition on the FCS All-New England team and the Beyond Sports Network All-America honorable mention team.

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